With the holidays right around the corner, we are in super baking mode around here. Cookies, bars, candy, popcorn. All of it! And I love having the kids help me. Most of the time. (As I type this, Koa is asking me if we can go dip some ritz crackers in chocolate… you can envision THAT mess right?)
See, sometimes the thought of cleaning up the snowfall of flour or cocoa off the floor for the 35th time, is just more than I can handle for the day. These “cookies” are my solution to having the kids “help” me bake something, on those sort of days. It also gives them something to do while I mix the flour and sugar for another recipe without them watching!
These “cookies are easy, delicious, and require basically no prep and really very little supervision. For the kids, it is sort of like playing with edible playdoh! They can cut out with the punches, and even re roll out the extra dough to cut out more, all on their own. Now, if you do let them make these without you watching with an eagle eye, I don’t recommend sharing them with others. Because, well, you know kids. I can bet someone licked their fingers before shaping, or sneezed, or picked at pieces of the dough. So, if they played with it, maybe don’t share these with guests. Just a suggestion.
They look super cute in a little bag for teachers, or on a cute little plate for guests. They are delicious with coffee or hot chocolate, and perfect for a last minute snack.
To make these, I used these adorable little cookie punches I found at Michael’s. They cut the cookie in shapes and also punch a little design, too! You can also use a regular mini cookie cutter if you don’t have the punches.
So far I have made these at least once a week for the last month. I started buying the big box of pie crust at Costco to keep in the freezer so I always have it on hand, since these are requested by the kids constantly.